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Great Game, Shame About The Ref

After seeing that game on t'interweb I have a few comments to make:

1) Graham Poll is a disgrace! I don't know if he is just intimidated by Chelsea or if he is in fact a Chelsea fan but some of those decisions were disgraceful, especially the foul on Angel where a good argument could be made for a sending off as I believe that he was the last man (looked that way from the camera angle). Having said that, I think, given the chances each side created, a draw was about right.

2) Can we have Sean Wright Phillips please? Chelsea use him so rarely and he'd get a regular game at Vill Park. Come on Sean, you know you want to be a VP legend.

3) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!

4) Can we have Drogba? Villa are crying out for a player like him. The best I can think of that might be available is John Carew. I personally don't like him or rate his skills but you can't argue with his scoring record.

5) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!

6) Melberg is a rock, what a class act.

7) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!!

8) Ridgewell is great coming forward, a dimension that many centre-halves lack.

9) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!!

10) I'm so glad that Barry is ours! Even when out done but Robben's and Phillips' pace he remained composed.

11) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!

12) Our defence is so composed it is unbelievable!! Even facing some of the best attacking players in the world they were not phased. Well done lads!!!

13) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!

14) Baros is starting to look sharp. I just hope that he and Angel can play together alot more as there was a lack of understanding at times.

15) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!

16) Angel may not have his shooting boots on but he certainly is playing well, setting up play, holding up the ball, winning aerial battles (against Terry - that was great to see) and defending like a hero.

17) Graham Poll is a disgrace!!!

18) Gabby WILL be a star!!!!!!!

19) GRAHAM POLL IS A BLOODY DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Villain Of The North

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 30 2006

Time: 5:48PM

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Reading behind the lines, I get the feeling the ref wasn't good today?! :o)
The Fear
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30/09/2006 17:51:00

The people behind the bungs probe should look at this man. Also get him to see an optician.
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30/09/2006 18:08:00

Graham Poll was a complete joke today! All bias aside I would seriously reccomend an investigation into any betting going on in the Poll family, coz he must've had money on Chelsea today!!! Worst referee I've seen in such a long time!
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30/09/2006 18:27:00

lets just count ourselves lucky that he hadn't placed a bet on a last minute Chelski penalty, cheatin, biased, blind, the type of ref who gives other refs a bad name, and truly earns his ******** in black tag. he should be barred from reffing a sunday league match never mind the premiership, I hope the powers that be look into his performance, if that was in any other work place he would get sacked. robbed by the ref. UTV
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30/09/2006 19:26:00

I'm a neutral, but I watched it on the Web this afternoon, and Poll's performance was indeed disgraceful. Every slight Villa misdemenour was harshly punished, whilst he gave Chelsea every opportunity to get an un-deserved win with a string of dubious decisions. He did the same against us (Man City) last year when we played the Gooners. I was so incensed at the time, I did an article about it: Villa - you were robbed today, just as we were. The FA really need to look into these matches as they are suspicius to say the least
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30/09/2006 19:31:00

graham poll is a *****
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30/09/2006 22:07:00

by reading that I take it you love Graham Poll. can anyone tell me what losing is like I have kinda forgot
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30/09/2006 22:28:00

graham poll was the man in charge of Australia v Croatia at the world cup. did anyone see this?? man it was a pitiful loss of control. he was allowing rugby tackles, gave one guy 3 yellow cards. so at least he is consistent! at least we got a point, up the villa!!
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01/10/2006 01:43:00

I don't believe having even a half decent referee would have changed the result of this game (I was fortunate enough to watch it live out of Singapore) however Graham Poll made two awful judgements 1) Chelsea's goal should have been disallowed as Terry impeded Thommo when the cross came in & 2) Makalele should have been sent down the tunnel quicker than Arjen Robben (who's tantrum when substituted did not dispell the general feeling he is a spoilt brat). Gary Birtles made a comment during the match that there is currently a theory circulating the Premier League that the big four are getting preferential treatment by referee's. If that is the case, look no further. Great comment from MON after the match on Poll who suggested he may wish to spend Sat night with fish & chips watching a replay of the match - nuff said!
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01/10/2006 02:34:00

Yeah well what do you expect from the *****ty ref that is Graham Poll. As an Australian, messing with me in the early mornings is a lost cause, and he did just that in the Australia vs Croatia match, it was a god damn disgrace, not only the 3 yellow cards to whoever it was, but that late goal he disallowed we shouldve won 3-2, anyways nuff bout that. But down here on Fox Sports we have Total Football, the show that wraps up the EPL and the A-League, which is coming along nicely, my team Sydney F.C just signed Benito Carbone (remember him, how could you not!?). And yeah, Total Football has a segment in the show called the weekly Graham Poll award, awarded to the fools of the week. Last week it was awarded to that player from Portsmouth who used his head and face to keep the ball from going out, near the corner flag. Fools, Fools...but yes I am happy with the result, Too strong Villa, Too Strong
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01/10/2006 03:08:00

he's never recovered from his blunder at the world cup. refs are human and also perform better with confidence and at them moment he's still gettin the P**s ripped out of him everywhere he goes.
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01/10/2006 07:32:00

With refereeing like that he deserves it dazza71. As it says in the article and as commented by Equatorialvilla, the result was a fair one so despite the first goal being a none event and the lack of a sending off for Chelski I'm not bothered by tha lack of a win, sure it would have been great and it was a possibility but hey let's get real here, for long stretches Chelsea were the better team and it was only a good team defending effort that kept them at bay. We are talking a draw away to Chelsea and one of only 2 undefeated records in the prem. I'm on cloud 9 but I still say that Graham Poll is a disgrace! I don't think he changed the result but he may well have disheartened some players, how long is Juan Pablo expected to keep playing like that if referees always give decisions against him? Of course, with current team spirit as it is and Angel being the great player that he is this won't happen because of just one game but if Graham Poll is the best ref we have in England, as suggested by him going to the WC, then we can only look forward to more decisions like that and that will destroy his and others motivation. Thankfully I don't beleive that Poll s the best ref in England but that type of display should never be allowed to happen and I'm not just refering to the goal and the Angel incidents, every time Shevchenko (is that how you spell it?) we even near another player he got a free kick. Double standards!!!
Villain Of The North
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01/10/2006 08:05:00

pathetic showing from that fat ***** poll.i find myself waking up this morning and still disgusted at that refereeing performance.he gave villa absolutely nothing the whole match and how he can strut around that pitch after the world cup is unbelievable.all i ask is next time he comes to villa park we give him what for and show him what a disgrace he was yesterday. arrogant *******!
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01/10/2006 12:24:00

I have to say that the first goal should have been disallowed, a goal that early changes things, who can say what the result would have been, but from my point of view the ref was a disgrace and there was only one valid goal scored yesterday and we scored it, it doesn't matter if our backs were against the wall, it doesn't matter if we were only saved by the brilliance of a goalie, it doesn't matter if Chelski had 99% of the possesion, the fact is we held them, and held them well and if there had been a half decent ref on that pitch and we had had just some of the decisions go our way who knows? Angel wrestled down and not even a sniff of a foul!!!!!!!! in my eyes we were robbed. UTV
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01/10/2006 12:28:00

Well, he's gonna come to VP sooner or later!.. and then my friends he will get both barrells.Two back2back home games and the chance to get a quarter way through the season unbeaten.I am so delighted with the general approach of the lads.Well done boys you are doing us really proud.Keep it up as we are all 1000% behind you.Let's make VP a lions den and push on!
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01/10/2006 13:11:00

You do not know the meaning of the words 'bad referee' until you have watched a season in League 2.
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01/10/2006 17:19:00

But then I would expect nothing else in League 2. Do they even have proffesional referees at that level? Graham Poll is at the top of the English game and represented England at the WC and that makes it even worse than it would otherwise have been.
Villain Of The North
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01/10/2006 18:49:00

well you all know the song "Graham Poll he's a f*****g a******e"
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01/10/2006 20:43:00

hahaha this is so *****ing funny!
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02/10/2006 09:20:00

So ****ing funny it cost us a possible win over Chelski, Poll is the sort of joke that just does not amuse me in the slightest, plus the ***** cost me money, I had Villa down for a win.
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02/10/2006 11:45:00


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